Historic Carrollton Square is a charming, historic plaza with tenants ranging from nostalgic soda fountains like Sid’s Rainbow Grill to spas and home decor shops. The city hosts seasonal events that are free and family-friendly.
1945 E. Jackson Road, Carrollton, 214.515.6615. www.cityofcarrollton.com
Valid for nine days from first use, CityPASS offers reduced admission to the following attractions: The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Reunion Tower GeO-Deck, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, a choice between the Dallas Zoo and the George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum. Purchase a CityPASS booklet online or at your first attraction. 888.330.5008. www.citypass.com/dallas
DALLAS ARBORETUM AND BOTANICAL GARDEN
Along the shores of White Rock Lake, the Dallas Arboretum showcases 66 gorgeous acres, which feature more than 2,000 varieties of azaleas, towering magnolia trees and a reflecting pool.
8525 Garland Road, 214.515.6615. www.dallasarboretum.org
DALLAS AREA RAPID TRANSIT (DART)
DART trains and buses are the affordable, hassle-free way to travel across the metroplex, including direct rail service to DFW Airport. With DART’s free GoPass app, you can buy passes, plan trips and more.
1401 Pacific Ave., or call 214.979.1111 for schedules and fares. www.dart.org
DALLAS FARMERS MARKET
One of the largest open-air markets in the country, it’s one of the few places where farmers can still sell their seasonal crops directly to customers. 8525 Garland Road, 214.515.6615. www.dallasfarmersmarket.org
DALLAS WORLD AQUARIUM
In a historic West End building, this private aquarium features exotic marine life in chic surroundings. The aquarium’s Eighteen-O-One restaurant is also a great place for lunch. 8525 1801 N. Griffin St., 214.720.2224. www.dwazoo.com
Nestled between Dallas and Fort Worth and home to DFW International Airport. Step back in time along historic Main Street, hop aboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad or experience one of nine winery tasting rooms.
636 S. Main St., Grapevine, 800.457.6338.
IRVING ARTS CENTER
A space for everything related to the arts, the Irving Arts Center includes several galleries, the Dupree Theater, Carpenter Hall and a sculpture garden.
3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, 972.252.7558. www.irvingartscenter.com
Visit this suburb and the revitalized district of Old Town, a charming downtown area of restaurants, shops and entertainment venues featuring original architecture built in the early 20th century.
247 W. Main St., Lewisville, 972.219.3401. www.visitlewisville.com
MCKINNEY MAIN STREET & HISTORIC DISTRICT
McKinney’s Main Street and historic district are filled with places to dine, explore and shop; stores like The Little Red Hen, Barrons Estate Jewelers, Cotton Hearts and Orisons.
222 N. Tennessee St., McKinney, 972.547.7500. www.mckinneytexas.org
TEXAS DISCOVERY GARDENS
Discover butterflies, bugs and botany as you explore the 7.5-acre organic gardens at Fair Park. Don’t miss the year-round Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium or the Snakes of Texas.
3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 214.428.7476. www.texasdiscoverygardens.org